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The Gospel Coalition Highlights Unique Struggles of Adoptive Families

The Gospel Coalition this week released a penetrating article spotlighting the sometimes-intense struggles that adoptive families can face, particularly as children who’ve experienced severe neglect or abuse enter adolescence. “As Adoption Ages: How Parents Are Handling Teen Challenges,” by Sarah Zylstra. The article’s title hints at the large number of families that adopted children a […]


On Speaking Up for Little Brothers

I have two older brothers which can be a mixed blessing.  On the one hand, you have someone to play baseball with.  On the other hand, you have someone who can throw a baseball REALLY hard and can hit you in the stomach with it when you are up to bat in your backyard, rendering […]


Executive Order to Strengthen Child Welfare

Fewer and fewer issues today transcend red versus blue political lines.  Thankfully, the protection and well-being of children still often does. Today, President Trump signed an Executive Order designed to strengthen America’s child welfare system.  Analysts and advocates are sifting through the details, but the objectives of the order and the high-level directives it carries […]


Day 4 of “Four Actions to Teach Our Children in Response to Evil”: ADVENT

It’s easy to imagine we are more virtuous merely because we’ve felt or expressed something – whether conviction or indignation or righteous anger or even guilt.   The Bible never does. “Dear children,” urges John, “let us not love with words or tongue, but with actions and in truth.” Certainly, whenever we see the ugly consequences […]


Day 3 of “Four Actions to Teach Our Children in Response to Evil”: ASCENT

Life can leave us feeling that there is no hope, that nothing can change.  The Bible never does. Yes, Scripture is brutally honest about evil.  But then, always, it lifts our eyes.  It calls us to ascent.  Like the ancient Hebrews on their yearly pilgrimage, we are invited time and again to a Godward journey.  […]


Day #2 of “Four Actions to Teach Our Children in Response to Evil”:  REPENT

Many of the world’s great philosophies deny that evil is present in every human.  The Bible never does. “All have sinned,” lands the verdict.  Alexander Solzhenitsyn knew this well.  He experienced firsthand the brutal repression of Russia’s communist government.  That included eight years of forced labor in a Siberian prison.  Yet somehow he saw that […]